Subject: Re: Thanks non important question.
To: Marc Malagelada i Duch <>
From: Mark W. Eichin <>
List: port-vax
Date: 04/03/1996 15:46:42
>> Apollo HP9000 Workstation (series 700).

Nothing "Apollo" about a 9000/700. Though it was shipped after HP ate,
er, I mean bought, Apollo, it was the 400 series that derived from the
apollo line. The 700 derived technology from the 800 (pa-risc-1.1 from
pa-risc-1.0...) and was straight HP. (more clever than they'd been in
the past, but it didn't seem to take much from the Apollo DN10000,
which was Apollo's fast/risc offering. The 400's were 68k.)

>> uvax-ii
>> Height: 50" Wide: 60" prof: 40"

That would be a "BA-123 box" - did it have wheels? They were generally
"server class" because you could put a bunch of drives in, and the
back panel had room for 16 or 32 DB-25 connectors. (MIT SIPB's news
server,, started life as a BA-123...)

There is an intermediate box, the VS2 or VS2/RC and some versions of
the uVax-II, which was about as tall but half as wide (sort of like
what the PC market calls a "large tower" case.) This was the main line
box at Athena for quite a while -- the VS2000 "lunchbox" was a later
addition (and the last of the line, for the -II CPU?)

The VS2000 was the first with the "sm" chip for the display -- faster
for graphics than a qvss because it was directly on the bus (the sm
chip is also the DecStation (mips) 3100 display chip) but *slower* for
text -- because on the sm, to scroll text you had to block move the
pixels; on the qvss, you just had to change the pointer registers for
the scan lines.

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